Associate Professor, Volcanology

Department of Geology and Geophysics
Geophysical Institute
Alaska Volcano Observatory
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Research Interests:

  • Experimental petrology studies¬†
  • Petrology of natural volcanic samples
  • Field-based mapping, stratigraphy, and hazard assessment studies (with the Alaska Volcano Observatory)

I oversee and maintain the UAF Experimental Petrology Lab, located in the Reichardt Building at UAF. The lab is utilized by faculty and students to conduct studies of active volcanic systems. We use modern experimental equipment and methods to investigate the storage pressures and temperatures in the shallow crust, magma ascent dynamics, and vesiculation and crystallization kinetics in natural and synthetic magma compositions. I work with the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) on active volcanoes in Alaska, including Redoubt, Augustine, Aniakchak, Makushin, and Okmok. Current graduate student research involves petrological and experimental studies on the Augustine 2006 and Kasatochi 2008 eruption products.


Tina Neal (U.S. Geological Survey, on left) and Jessica Larsen (right) examining eruption deposits from the 2008 eruption of Okmok Volcano, Central Aleutians, Alaska. Photo taken by Max Kaufman, September 2008.

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